Voices Everywhere: The Mysterious Doris Stokes Effect
Linda Dearsley was Doris Stokes’ ghost.
Well, more accurately, she was the ghost-writer for Grantham-born Doris Stokes and worked with her for 10 years to produce 7 books, detailing the great lady’s life.
Former tea lady Doris Stokes filled the Sydney Opera House and the London Palladium during her career as a medium.
Famous for interpreting spirit voices on stage and writing six best-sellers, she was born Doris Sutton, in Union Street, with mother Jen, half sister Edna and father Sam.
While living in Union Street, Doris claimed to have had her first psychic experience when she saw a neighbour who had been burned in his home, walk out of his house beside his own charred remains.
When she was 11, Doris’s family moved to Turnor Crescent .
Doris started Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School at this time where she stayed until her father died, finishing her education at Grantham Secondary Modern because her mother could no longer afford the KGGS uniform and books.
In Voices Everywhere, Linda shines a light on her time working with Doris, right from the very early days when Doris was doing private readings in her Fulham flat, to filling the London Palladium and Barbican night after night, to subsequent fame outside the UK. Throughout all this, Doris Stokes never became anyone other than who she was: a kind, generous, and down-to-earth woman with an extraordinary gift, and a fondness for a nice cup of tea. January 6th, 2020, would have been Doris’ 100th birthday.
Following Doris’ death, Linda chronicles how cynics tried to torpedo the Stokes legacy with accusations of cheating and dishonesty, but how those closest to Doris never believed she was anything other than genuine.
In turn, as the months and years rolled by, more and more intriguing people crossed Linda’s path, each with their own unexplainable power, and Doris never seemed far away. From the palmist who saw pictures in people’s hands, to the couple whose marriage was predicted by Doris, and the woman who believes she captures departed spirits on camera – the mysterious world of the paranormal, and Doris Stokes’ place within it, continues to unfold.
Voices Everywhere: The Mysterious Doris Stokes Effect by Linda Dearsley ISBN-13: 978-1-911121-53-4 is now available as a paperback at £12.99 or .Kindle Edition at £9.99
Stokes, Doris (1919-1987)